BOOM! A Revolting Situation
So, just what is this book really all about?
BOOM! is a story, a chronicle of America’s political journey. BOOM! is an exegesis of our historical and on-going ideological political conflict. BOOM! is a polemic addressing the damage of this political conflict. BOOM! is an opportunity to consider how America might positively and democratically overcome this political conflict.
Like me, you probably never considered yourself a revolutionary, and would resist any such suggestion. After all, we’re peaceful law-abiding citizens. Amen! We proudly think of ourselves that way. In this connection, most of us are what I describe as political conscientious objectors, and you know, that’s exactly what our political leadership counts on us being: pretty servile, non-combative. Yes, we (most of us) do vote; some of us do go to political meetings and rallies but if you think about it, our options in all this are pretty limited. It seems to be an either-or political situation we face. And knuckling under, or grinning and bearing it, among those narrow options is about as radical as most of us get as we frustratingly express our political feelings, inclinations and wide-spread dissatisfaction with the results of government. Nevertheless, today that’s increasingly proving not to be enough—not if we’re serious about wanting better from government. A whole bunch of voters—an electoral plurality, actually— have already begun to publically express dissatisfaction with what politics offers us today: Political Independents. Lots of political Independents! If you really think about it, it’s clearly becoming a revolting situation.
Here are a few excerpts from the book:
“Consider what has been increasingly expressed in public polling: “America is headed in the wrong direction; America is on the wrong track!” These two (polling) opinions may not at first glance appear to be supportive of either of the “more” or “less” government philosophy, and directly, they aren’t. But what they indicate is that neither of these two opposing ideological political options (either/or) is what’s called for today. Think about it: No matter which ideology is in control of government, the same impression of being on the wrong track is expressed. We got a problem, Houston!” (Chapt. III)
“The more we find support for strongly opposing views (partisanship) in the two parties, the more antithetical it becomes . . . A consequence of this is that the seemingly popular concept of bipartisanship (common agreement) is all but impossible.” (Chapt III)
“This raises a key question: If Independents are for the most part no different in their political sympathies from the rest of the general public, why don’t they register to vote like the rest of the general public? They are conservatives and liberals, of some degree, like most other folks. They just aren’t Republicans or Democrats. That, in the final analysis, is the truly significant point: why not?” (Chapt. IX)
“Recall how we described Independents in Chapter II:
Independents are evidence of dissatisfaction with the results of ideological government.
Independents are evidence of an inadequate political marketplace.
Independents are a proxy for the moderate middle-majority of voters.
Independents represent agents for political change.
Independents themselves are a probable cause of extreme partisanship” (Chapt. XII)
“I remarked earlier that ‘until some credible potential challenge is formulate, then articulated and promoted, the existing duopoly is going to continue to ignore those [Independent movements] and their calls for change or reform. They are toothless.’” (Chapt. XIII)
“We’ve made what some might call surprising political proposals and covered some important issues that, while very significant, some might say are the easiest to deal with. Possibly, but if that’s the case, why are they still out there on the table? And while the proposals made and issues covered are all necessary to our cause, in and of themselves they are not sufficient to result in successful political (revolutionary) change as proposed. Why not? Because they fail, specifically, to address the very basic question, ‘What do we want to end up with after the revolution?’” (Chapt. XXI)
These admittedly disjointed “peeks” into the book will hopefully encourage you to want to learn more; to look further into this every-man’s/woman’s issue of how the greatest country in the world can govern itself in a more responsive, responsible, effective, self-satisfying and respectful manner. We need to reorder our party-politics such that governments they produce provide the greatest good for the greatest number by governing, at least, for most of the people all of the time, and all of the people most of the time. Today, that goal seems beyond ideologically based politics.
If not this, then what? If not now, then when?
And for those still with us, here‘s what’s between the covers:
Table of Contents
Prelude Belfast, Northern Ireland 1
Ch. I It’s a Matter of Choice 7
Ch. II A Revolting Situation 10
Ch. III Government: For Better or for Worse—for whom? 18
Ch. IV An American Journey 30
Ch. V Looking Back a Little Further 40
Ch. VI Catching Up With Today 45
Ch. VII Digesting Almost Two Hundred Years 57
Ch. VIII Liberalism and Conservatism 64
Ch. IX Republicans, Democrats & Independents 75
Ch. X The Rising Visibility of the Independent Voter 105
Ch. XI Independent Parties and Support Groups Today 117
Ch. XII The Independent Voter: A Profile and a Purpose 130
Ch. XIII An Independent Political Option: A Ballot Box Revolt of the Disenfranchised . . . and possibly the rest of us 152
Ch. XIV The Superstructure: How it Fits Together 159
Ch. XV Leadership and Character 180
Ch. XVI An Independent’s View of the Propriety (or Impropriety)
of Special-Interest Influence on Government 188
Ch. XVII An Independent Tax Solution 205
Ch. XVIII Social Security 228
Ch. XIX Working Poverty: A Minimum Wage Issue 243
Ch. XX And There’s More to Resolve 265
Ch. XXI The Legitimate Scope and Proper Purpose of Government 284
Ch. XXII The Results of the Revolution 306
Many thanks for your interest, or at least your curiosity!